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Yu-Na Kim Wins Gold in Record-Breaking Skate; Asada Lands Two Triple Axels for the Silver

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South Korea's Yu-Na Kim withstood the pressure to break the all-time free skate record to win the gold medal in Olympic ladies figure skating on Thursday.  She won by more than twenty points with a 228.56.  Japan's Mao Asada landed two triple axels in the free skate, making that three triple axels total, to win the silver medal with 205.50.  Canada's Joannie Rochette had a passionate, although imperfect skate, to easily hold onto third place and win the bronze medal.  Rochette was skating with a heavy heart; her mother died unexpectedly on Sunday and Rochette was an inspiration here.

America's Mirai Nagasu jumped down to fourth place with a 190.15 free skate to "Carmen," while her countrymate and national champion Rachael Flatt skated a clean, but downgraded program, which dropped her to seventh place.

We saw amazing performances under pressure by each lady who was in the final group (NBC decided it was unnecessary to show us many others).  There was not one fall.  Yu-Na Kim was absolutely a dream, with an effortless skate that exuded artistry without even trying. 

Unfortunately, this is the first time in more than forty years that the United States ladies leave the competition without a medal.  However, both American ladies had great skates.

 

Ladies Final Results

1

Yu-na Kim
South Korea
228.56
2 Mao Asada
Japan
205.50
3 Joannie Rochette
Canada
202.64
4 Mirai Nagasu
USA
190.15
5 Miki Ando
Japan
188.86
6 Laura Lepisto
Finland
187.97
7 Rachael Flatt
USA
182.49
8 Akiko Suzuki
Japan
181.44
9 Alena Leonova
Russia
172.46
10 Ksenia Makarova
Russia 171.91
11 Kiira Korpi
Finland
161.57
12 Cynthia Phaneuf
Canada
156.62
13 Min-Jung Kwak
South Korea
155.53
14 Elene Gedevanishvili
Georgia
155.24
15 Sarah Meier
Switzerland
152.81
16 Carolina Kostner
Italy
151.90
17 Julia Sebestyen
Hungary
151.26
18 Sarah Hecken
Germany
143.94
19 Yan Liu
China
143.47
20 Cheltzie Lee
Australia
138.16
21 Elena Glebova
Estonia
134.19
22 Sonia Lafuente
Spain
133.51
23 Anastasia Gimazetdinova
Uzbekistan
131.65
24 Tugba Karademir
Turkey
129.54